Corruption threatens survival of the seven-party coalition government

By: Mophato Monyake
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Speaking on behalf of Leshele Thoahlane the director general of the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO), during a three-day national dialogue on corruption organised by the anti-corruption watchdog recently, the DCEO director of public education and corruption prevention, Litelu Ramokhoro, said it was time to confront corruption and its effects on development.

"The seriousness of the problem of corruption in our country is a matter that needs not be over-emphasised, (on my part in particular). Our local mass media is always abuzz with stories alleging corruption of one form or the other. But over and above the local origins, internationally we are perceived in a way most, if not all of us, would not be happy with, in as far as corruption is concerned," Ramokhoro said.

This seven-party coalition government faces a real danger of collapse due to: 1. Lack of transparent tender evaluation processes; and 2. Apparent corruption and greed within the leading coalition partners It is incumbent upon the smaller parties in the coalition government to demand transparency in government procurement of goods and services otherwise they will remain bystanders when the public purse is looted by their colleagues in government.

Unfortunately, they will carry the stigma of having participated directly or indirectly in a corrupt administration because history will say despite being aware of it, they did nothing to stop it.

Lest they forget, the incumbent prime minister Dr Pakalitha Mosisili was the first Lesotho Prime Minister to confess in public that he was leading a corrupt administration prior to his party's demise in 2012.

It would seem "the pigeons are coming home to roost".

-Mohlomphehi Moeketse Malebo

-Mohlomphehi Thulo Mahlakeng

-Mohlomphehi Kimetso Mathaba

Smell the toast before it burns! You have my full confidence!

The disappointing and humiliating defeat suffered by LCD on the February 28, 2015 national polls should be a red flag to Mosisili and all who work with him in this mutually beneficial and opportunistic coalition.

For Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing this may be the last time he tastes a cabinet post, let alone the office of deputy prime minister if his party does not work hard to regain its prominence. Come the next elections one shudders to think what numbers Metsing's LCD will garner.

Let us (Progressive Democrats) be the first to predict that LCD will perish in the same manner that BCP has perished.

This puts Metsing in a dangerous predicament, a survival mode in which he will throw caution to the wind. People in uncertain situations usually use blackmail and extortion to get what they want. In this regard I fear for Mosisili and his coalition partners. They are caught up in the situation of the proverbial Sotho saying 'u tlamelletse thokolosi le thoto!'.

In closing, we cannot resist to throw this parting quip! Why is Mosisili still hanging on to power? Does he want to see the end of the Democratic Congress? The man has been prime minister of the country for over three terms already!

He does not have in him anything new and innovative that can deliver Lesotho out of its economic predicament. Our advice to him: quit whilst you are still ahead! "bohlale ha bo ahe ntloana 'ngoe."

Monyake is the leader of the opposition Progressive Democrats party

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